Andrade calls for Schweikert to apologize for comparing unions to Nazis during Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal debate
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Richard Andrade, D-Phoenix (District 29), wants Arizona Congressman David Schweikert to apologize for comparing unions to Nazis during a House floor debate about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
“Rep. Schweikert’s comment was inappropriate and offensive,” Andrade said. “He should publicly apologize.”
Earlier this month, Schweikert accused “big labor” of being willing to “make up stories” about the trade deal that “Goebbels would be very proud of.”
“Goebbels was a Nazi propagandist. The inference is appalling,” Andrade said.
Andrade, who has been a member of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Union for 21 years and is veteran, added that many of his fellow union members are also veterans.
“I took this comment personally, both as a union member and as a veteran,” he said. “And I know many other union members, who are also veterans, feel the same way. It was a callous and insulting comment that undervalues our service to our country.”
Andrade also called for more civility in political debate.
“Many unions oppose this trade deal because of concerns that it will make it easier to move jobs overseas,” Andrade said. “American jobs should stay in America. It’s as simple as that. There was no need for Rep. Schweikert to resort to name-calling because he disagreed. He crossed a line. Arizonans should expect more from their congressional representatives.”